Why I like the Flip-It!
'The teacher goes on and on but the Flip-It does it quickly!'
'The Flip-It can't talk at you - which is good!'
'It's fun, you can decorate it.'
'It's easy to pack up and take it around with me.'
'I like the Flip-It because it is fun to play with and very nice. When you flip, the card goes smoothly down and flips to the other side. Its design is good and it is flippy!'
'I like the Flip-It because they have a beautiful design and they are flippy. Also, they can be decorated like a crocodile and are really cool!'
'I like the Flip-It because you have to wait a few seconds to find out the answer so it makes it exciting. It's not just like turning a card over or copying from the board.'
'I like using the Flip-It because they were fun to play with and helped me learn from my mistakes.'
'Flip-It makes me learn about money, times tables and word problems. It helps me learn things really quickly. I like learning new things especially in maths.'
'I like the Flip-It because it is very exciting to see the answer straight away. I like it when it's my turn to flip!'
'I like the Flip-It because there are all sorts of cards with them. My favourite one is the fractions. I also like how you put the card on and just flip it and there is the answer!'
'I would make it look like the seaside by painting the bottom section yellow with shells on and the top bit blue with fish.' I learning by using my hands and flipping it.'
'It's fun because you don't have to have an adult with you all the time.'
'It's cooler than just writing down sums!' 'It helps you learn in a fun way' '.... it's challenging!'
'If you struggle it tells you what the answer is, and it's just fun!.' 'Instead of just doing work in books, you can turn up the bit with the card on.'
'It's easy to understand and I think it's a great way of learning.' 'The Flip-It is the only thing that agrees with me.'
'I really like it because it doesn't tell me off when I want a tea break!' 'I love the Flip-It because you can decorate it.'
'I can shout at the Flip-It as much as I want and it doesn't shout back.' 'It's easy to use.'
'The Flip-It is great because it's like a mini teacher!'
'It's the only thing I'm good at - it's the only thing which gets along with me.'
'I love the Flip-It because no-one knows when I get it wrong - only me.'
'The Flip-It helps me because it's a fun way of learning that helps me remember everything better with all the colours and pictures.'
'Using the Flip-It is a wonderful help to me because I find sitting and a teacher telling me what to do is occasionally boring and my full attention isn't on the teacher.'
'If you get an answer wrong you can just put that card on the bottom of the pile and do it again.'
'I take my Flip-It on holiday and all my worksheets!' 'The Flip-It helps me because it makes maths a lot easier. It is a lot more fun than a teacher standing at the front teaching you and sometimes the teachers don't get my full attention. The Flip-It always gets my full attention.'
'It let's you do what you want, it doesn't matter - no-one knows!'
My Favourite Flip-It cards
'… probably the 'great hairy twit' pack because they make me laugh and I enjoy finding the rest of the letters to finish the word.'
'I like every single pack but if I had to choose it would probably be the anagrams and music cards. I understand what the notes are but looking at them over and over again means I can remember them more.'
'I love the anagrams because I try to work them out in my head. I also love Start and Finish because it helps me with my spelling - in a fun way.'
'I like all the packs but if I had to pick a favourite it would be science because the cards help a lot with parts of the body which I am not good at.'
'The maths cards are best. All my friends hate maths but I love it!'
'Times tables is my favourite pack because I like challenging myself and then getting the right answer!'
How my teacher could use the Flip-It in our classroom.
'I think there are lots of possibilities. It would be great to do as morning work before registration and everyone would have one and could personalise their own. Sometimes when I find it hard to remember things, I could just go and look over a few cards. It's good as I can mark the worksheets myself and my teacher would have a lot less marking to do!!!'
'I think my teacher would love it because he sometimes has to go and help certain people in my class and that means that the rest of us would just be able to get on with it because the answer is on the back.'
'I think my teacher would use Flip-It during playtime and before school. We could just put the worksheets in our tray.'
'I think that everybody should have a Flip-It because it helps people who are struggling and people that are super bright. The nice bit about the Flip-It is that they can pack away really easily and can be painted cool colours. The best bit is the worksheet because the child can mark it themselves. I hate getting big red crosses from the teacher!'
'I think it would be nice if my whole class had one of their own. They could all design them and put their name on.'
A Year 4 Class Teacher's experience with the Flip-It
I have found the Flip-It an incredible incentive for children in my class. Being able to flip a pack of fractions cards as a reward at the end of a maths lesson has worked wonders! I arrange the children in mixed ability pairs to enable them to learn from each other and take it in turns to flip the cards.
The children are able to work independently; it gives them the belief they have really grasped a concept, and it allows for reinforcement of a topic without the tedium that similar activities present. Even bright children who believe they have fully understood a concept when it is first introduced can benefit - the Flip-it provides a safe way for them to check the depth of this understanding.
The differentiated packs allow the children to extend their understanding in a gradual way, yet in a way that has become familiar to them. They are able to work in pairs and encourage each other - I have never seen 54 sums solved so quickly.
The children are very keen to decorate and 'own' their Flip-It. They love the idea of being able to work at their own pace, without having to wait for someone to come and check their work. The subject leader for maths could not believe the concentration and focus the lower ability set showed during one Flip-It lesson. All the children were engaged and enthusiastic in something that they would normally have found off-puttingly difficult.
I would love to see more topics covered as I believe every subject would benefit from this type of assessment and reinforcement. The kinesthetic element means that the children can actually see the work they have done piling up before their eyes!
'Your new catalogue arrived this afternoon and I have only had time to check out the Dyslexia section in detail so far but wanted to say straight away what great new ideas you have collected yet again!
Flip-it looks amazing in that it is such a low-tech gadget which transforms a simple pack of cards into a learning tool that every child will want to own and use. Every teacher too likes to have something productive immediately available for children to use on their own. And it can be used for every topic within every subject area so that just the right packs can be directed at the children that really need them. You must have a real winner there and I would certainly like to use it myself if my school could be persuaded to buy it.'
Extract from a letter to TTS Alison, SENCO and Author (Jan 2011)
'A great way to incorporate differentiation when working with a whole class. They promote individualized learning and can be used as an extension activity.'
'The children love the different approach to class learning and the straight forward downloadable worksheets allow the cards to be used as a brilliant
AFL tool.' Class Teacher
'As a 1:1 tutor, I find Flip-It to be a really useful reinforcement teaching tool with a difference. Visually pleasing, physically fascinating and practical.
'The pupils love the hands on approach and enjoy playing with it. They don't see it as work as they get so much fun out of the activity. I find it an excellent way of testing their knowledge, particularly with the 'Study Skills' cards (2011). The worksheets help to reinforce their understanding and can test their accuracy. This written aspect is necessary to ensure that constructive and positive learning is taking place.'
Sarah Martin Head of Dyslexia and Learning Support, Bethany School, Kent